Dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counselling for:
- Weight management and very low energy diets (e.g. Optifast)
- Carbohydrate counting and awareness
- Optimising nutrition
Diabetes Educators provide diabetes self-management education, instructions and support for people with diabetes. Specific services include:
- Ambulatory insulin dose adjustment clinic (Specialist referrals required)
- Continuous glucose monitoring service
- Insulin pump service
- General diabetes self –management education
Referrals accepted from:
- General Practitioners
- Allied Health Professionals
- Registered Nurses
Patients with established type 1 diabetes aged 16 years and over (for education on carbohydrate counting, sick-day management and other self-management issues
Patients with newly diagnosed type 1 need an urgent referral to a Diabetes Specialist at the diabetes centre prior to seeing a diabetes nurse educator and dietitian. Please see ‘urgent referrals’.
Patients with type 2 diabetes aged 16 years and over and on insulin, other injectable diabetes medication or sulphonylureas
Please Note: for blood glucose level stabilisation for those treated with insulin please refer to a Diabetes Specialist – see ‘Referral to a Diabetes Specialist’.
The Specialist may refer to a diabetes nurse educator and/or dietitian as required.
How to refer:
STEP 1: Address referral to a Diabetes Educator or Dietitian.
STEP 2: Please include type of diabetes, past medical history, current medications, recent HbA1c, and any other relevant information
STEP 3: Fax referral to (02) 8382 4665 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 4: The Diabetes Centre staff will contact the patient to arrange an appointment.
For enquiries please call the Diabetes Centre during office hours 8.00am- 4.30pm, Monday-Friday, excluding public holidays, on (02) 8382 2622.